As a stalwart of the industry, we take our responsibility to all stakeholders and the environment seriously. That is why we take a long-term view by adopting a triple bottom line approach. We have built on our foundations and invested in new methods and technology that enable complete traceability of our rubber from plantation to production to distribution, while our implemented standards ensure we produce our rubber in a socially and environmentally responsible way.
Our plantations, Sudcam and Hevecam, are currently sectioned into 21 villages, each providing infrastructure and services for daily needs. Our community activities are aligned with seven pillars.
Each village has a government certified primary school. At the secondary level, we operate two schools – a bilingual and a technical high school. Our education programmes encourage students to further their studies at universities, often offering employment at a corporate level upon graduation. We also provide financial aid to the surrounding community schools in the form of teacher salaries and contribution to learning material.
Our villages provide amenities such as accommodation, electricity and water for all our residents. We operate cashless systems to assist in money management, and we operate marketplaces for residents to purchase their daily necessities. We also distribute food to the surrounding communities, encourage sustainable living through education on crop management, and provide clean water.
There are ample sporting grounds across the plantations, encouraging both youth and elders to participate. We provide equipment and organise community sporting events regularly. Hevecam’s management recreation club has recently undergone a structural upgrade that includes the development of tennis courts, table tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, as well as the inauguration of the swimming pool. Students of both the high schools receive swimming lessons and have access to the different sports amenities. We expect to conduct swimming lessons for an estimated 900 students throughout each year. We also provide sporting equipment to the surrounding community schools to promote healthy lifestyles.
Each village is equipped with a medical dispensary to ensure a quick response to common sickness and injuries. Centrally operated, we have two fully operational hospitals to accommodate more serious illness or injury. Our hospitals are also equipped with an ambulance each for emergency transportation to government facilities. Our hospitals also provide health support to the immediate communities surrounding us. This includes the use of our facilities and ambulances. We conduct awareness campaigns to educate against diseases such as malaria.
We provide technical assistance on establishment and management of plantations for the surrounding communities. We encourage these communities to plant rubber trees on their land and assist in the training of young adults in budding and tapping. Upon maturation of the trees, our plantations will purchase the raw material, offering a source of income to the residents.
Our team assists in improving the infrastructure within surrounding communities through the construction of roads, schools and other community infrastructure. We also assist in upgrading and building new village bore wells for the provision of clean water.
Our expertise in occupational health and safety is shared amongst our residents and the surrounding communities. We conduct both internal and external training sessions to educate on the importance of occupational health and safety. This includes lessons on machinery use, how to avoid dangers in and around the plantations as well as road safety.
We are concerned about our energy emissions as well as the potential climate change risks to our operations and our communities. Our factory operations currently use electricity and a variety of other energy sources such as diesel and natural gas. We are taking active steps to better manage our energy use and minimise our greenhouse gas emissions. We are also exploring the use of clean, renewable energy to decarbonise our energy portfolio and reduce dependence on fossil fuels.
Discharge water is tested at all factories to ensure that effluent quality is well above legal compliance limits. Likewise, air emissions from our facilities are tested for compliance on a regular basis. Initiatives to reduce, reuse, and recycle waste are standard operational practice. Production machinery is serviced regularly on-site to prolong operational lifespan. Scrap metals, wood, and plastics are recycled. Latex skim is repurposed.
The non- tyre and specialty tyre market represents a quarter of global natural rubber consumption. The Group supplies the full spectrum of rubber and rubber related products, both natural and synthetic rubber, rubber chemicals and other ancillary products. Our goal is to provide a one-stop-shop service to this market.
Our integrated offer covers the entire value chain. We control the largest rubber plantation in the world. The technology we have invested will generate higher yields, enabling a larger production without the need for more land. At peak production, we estimate our output to be approximately 120,000 tonnes annually. Our control of tree production ensures the highest quality and complete traceability of our raw material. Our HEVEAPRO and LATEXPRO factory standards enable the production of customised, specialised products for our niche target market, and our suite of distribution businesses offer an unrivalled global network.
Rubber is moving from a commodity to an industrial product industry. The Corrie MacColl Group is taking the leadership role in embracing this change. The industry’s future requires the highest quality of customised products, produced with complete traceability and in a sustainable and responsible manner. Control of the complete supply chain from the rubber tree through to processing, combined with our global distribution network allows us to offer this, which in turn, gives the Group the competitive advantage in ensuring economic sustainability.
Our goal is to develop products that are environmentally and socially responsible. These values form the core of the HEVEAPRO and LATEXPRO promise to our customers. We assess not only our final products but also the entire value chain culminating in production. Under development is our operating framework HEVEAGROW which adds an extra level to the existing factory level methods. This framework will govern our plantation level operations, generating higher yields and ensuring the highest quality of raw material, while operating in a socially and environmentally sustainable manner. Currently, our existing factory, Hevecam, is certified HEVEAPRO with third-party certification by TÜV SÜD. Upon completion of Sudcam’s two new factories and the development of our plantation standards, each of our Cameroonian production centres will be certified HEVEAPRO, LATEXPRO and HEVEAGROW. We will produce 100% traceable rubber, responsibly.
As we are heavily reliant on biological resources, we take an active role in protecting and conserving areas rich in biodiversity. We have enforced a strict zero burning policy on our plantation areas and comply with all relevant local legislation and codes. We undertake every reasonable effort to protect and preserve areas of high conservation value (HCV) and biodiversity concentration. We engage third-party evaluation and assessment regularly to conduct environmental audits and review our environmental and social management plans (ESMPs). We have obtained the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) and Verification of Legal Compliance (VLC) certifications from the Rainforest Alliance for Sustainable Management System in Agriculture.
We maintain sustainable agricultural practices such as zero deforestation of primary forest and obtaining free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) from affected stakeholders. We encourage our suppliers to uphold the same sustainability standards. At Corrie MacColl, we continue to ensure a responsible supply chain, placing it as one of our long-term priorities. We are committed to a sustainable business practice for a crucial raw material that the world cannot do without.
Collaborative working is the cornerstone of sustainable business practices. Corrie MacColl is committed to working with our stakeholders and engages in regular dialogue with customers, suppliers, competitors, industry associations, employees and their families, to understand and respond to their needs.
We regularly participate in industry dialogues with industry bodies, such as the International Rubber Study Group (IRSG), Global Agribusiness Alliance (GAA) and non-industry related interest groups and NGOs such as UNESCO. We continue to participate and initiate meetings with customers and environmental NGOs seeking alignment on policies and actionable programmes in areas of labour practices, traceability, indigenous rights, compliance and others.
Other stakeholders include regulators, financial institutions, investors and shareholders. We hold our annual general meeting as well as quarterly financial results briefing sessions. We ensure we comply with regulations including corporate governance, diversity, taxation, environment, labour, health and safety and supply diversification.